Hopkins shadows Byrne after Snetterton boost

The American wins the first race before taking the fight to championship leader Shane Byrne in race two.
John Hopkins is now just a point adrift of Shane Byrne in terms of podium credits after scoring a second British Superbike Championship win of the season at Snetterton.

An eventful weekend for the Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider would see him claim his first BSB pole position on the Saturday before powering into the lead at the start of the opening race.

Though a mistake shortly after a mid-race safety car period would allow Tommy Hill in front of him, Hopkins calmly pushed past his rival at the start of the final lap to claim a second win after his Oulton Park triumph.

Targeting the double in race two, Hopkins looked on course to achieve his objective, only to be overtaken on the penultimate lap by a charging Shane Byrne. The American responded on the final revolution with an ambitious pass at Oggie's, one that would see the pair make contact and run wide, leaving him down in third at the chequered flag.

Nonetheless, Hopkins was delighted with his points' haul, securing four podium credits – compared to Byrne's one – to move just a provisional single 'credit' behind his rival.

"I'm happy, my Samsung Crescent bike was brilliant today, I can't thank my crew enough for creating a bike that I feel so confident with. We got the biggest points haul today and that's really helped my championship position -- to be just one point behind Byrne on podium credits will do fine at this stage of the championship.

Touching on his incident with Byrne, Hopkins apologised for the outcome, saying he 'probably wanted the win too much'.

"I must also say, again, that I really enjoyed this circuit. It's been so much fun. All of us riders said before today that it would create close and exciting racing – and it did. It also led to some bar banging, quite literally, and ultimately that cost both Byrne and myself the chance to win the second race.

“I'm sorry for the both of us on that, we both probably wanted that win maybe too much, and in the heat of the moment you want to do everything you can to make that win happen."

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John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki
John Hopkins - Samsung Crescent Suzuki
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Elliott, Tyco BMW, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Rob Every - Unregistered

July 05, 2011 8:28 AM

Errr, Seeley is on a semi factory Suzuki against a grid full of riders on non factory machines pretty much. The Triumphs are about 5 years old, and even WIlsons Kwakker I doubt has factory help. I grant you all he rode very well, but wouldn't you expect a guy who has won Superstock a d BSB races to in that class? Zemke is totally new to the series, tyres, bike and stuff and beat Richards fair and square second time out on the same bike!

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